Mubarak at hospital
Heidelberg University Hospital
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Mubarak in pictures for 1st time since surgery

(Video) Egyptian television airs footage of president, 10 days after surgery he underwent in Germany to remove his gall bladder. Heidelberg University Hospital says Mubarak 'recovering well'

VIDEO - Back to the public eye: Egyptian television on Tuesday aired footage of President Hosni Mubarak for the first time since the surgery he underwent in Germany 10 days ago to remove his gall bladder.


Mubarak, 81, is seen in the one-minute clip sitting alongside two of his doctors and talking to them. He was wearing a dark robe and appeared tired. His voice was not heard in the aired segment, and the camera focused on his face for several seconds.


Mubarak recovering in Germany   (From Egyptian television)


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Meanwhile, the German hospital where Mubarak had surgery this month said the president was recovering well, but offered no details on when he would be released. Heidelberg University Hospital said Tuesday that "Mr. Mubarak is recovering well" and that he can walk and eat light food.


"He is in high spirits as always," said the head of the team in charge of Mubarak and added that he was in no need for additional lab tests.


At the moment it is unclear when Mubarak will leave the hospital. The medical team did not address the issue, while Egyptian media reported that he would remain in the German hospital for now. Mubarak was transferred from the intensive care unit to the recovery ward several days ago, after the medical team deemed the operation as a success.


Mubarak's medical condition is a highly sensitive issue in Egypt and is considered a taboo. The president is expected to complete the fifth year in his sixth term this year and has yet to declare whether he plans to run for reelection in 2011.


Many in Egypt believe that if Mubarak were to decide not to run, he would hand over his authorities to his 46-year-old son Jamal.


The Associated Press contributed to this report


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